Historically significant documents, artwork, and materials.
Get Some History
The mission of the Lake Erie Island Historical Society, located in downtown Put-in-Bay, is to preserve and educate our community and visitors to Put-in-Bay on the history of the Lake Erie Islands. Originally founded in 1975 as the Put-in-Bay Centennial Committee, the organization was renamed in 1985 when a dedicated group of Put-in-Bay residents came together to make their vision of an island museum a reality.
The original museum was opened at the site of the historical Put-in-Bay Bottling works building in 1987. A few years following in 1998, a new 6000 square foot main building was opened. Put-in-Bay's Lake Erie Islands Historical society welcomes all ages to explore and learn about the varied history of the beautiful islands of Lake Erie's Western Basin through the many displays. The museum provides a range of activities from children's programs to four Elderhostel weeks each year. The society also hosts tours, lectures and seasonal events. The museum on Put-in-Bay is open daily in the summer, weekends in the spring and fall and by appointment the remainder of the year.
Random Fact: There are a wide variety of great dining choices on the Island that serve an even wider variety of food. While touring the Island, stop in and look over the menus to determine your choice!